Lecture and Luncheon

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Lecture: Noon to 1pm – Luncheon: 1-2:30 pm
Boston Children’s Folkman Auditorium, 320 Longwood Ave., Boston.

Boston Children’s Hospital Alumni Association proudly presents the 61st Annual Blackfan Lecture and Luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Stuart H. Orkin, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Associate Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Boston Children's Hospital, will host a talk entitled, “Opportunities for Managing Old Problems in Medicine with New Genetic Approaches.”

The invitation only luncheon will be held immediately following the presentation at the Fenway Room of the Inn at Longwood Medical, (across the street), 342 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA.

An award ceremony honoring recipients of Boston Children’s Hospital Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award and Community Pediatrician Award will be take place at the luncheon.

Sponsored by the Boston Children’s Hospital Alumni Association since 1953, the Blackfan Lecture is a nationally recognized lectureship that honors Kenneth D. Blackfan, MD, who served as Boston Children’s Hospital’s fourth Physician-in-Chief from 1923 to 1941. Each year we celebrate colleagues for their noteworthy contributions to community pediatrics, research, clinical care and public health.

Our History. Our Presenter.

The History of the Blackfan Lecture

Sponsored by the Boston Children’s Hospital Alumni Association since 1953, the Blackfan Lecture is a nationally recognized lectureship that honors Kenneth D. Blackfan, MD, who served as Boston Children’s fourth physician-in-chief.

Dr. Blackfan was born in a small New York town in 1883. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1905 and served his residency in pediatrics both in Philadelphia and at the Harriett Lane Home in Baltimore, Md. He was at Johns Hopkins until 1920, when he moved to Cincinnati to become a professor of pediatrics. In 1923, Dr. Blackfan arrived in Boston to assume the Thomas Morgan Rotch Professorship in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and to become physician- in-chief at Boston Children’s. He remained in both roles until his tragically early death in 1941.

As noted by Clement A. Smith, MD, Dr. Blackfan was trained before the era of sub-specialization; while he made no single major medical discovery, he advanced knowledge in child health and disease on many fronts. He also made important contributions to the fields of hematology, neonatology and nephrology. Louis K. Diamond, MD, described his chief’s career in the following words: “Known as a skilled teacher, an able organizer, an astute clinician and a devoted physician to children. He pursued two principal goals: to improve the health of children and to build up the Department entrusted to him.”

The Blackfan lecturers have included 61 individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to pediatric research, clinical care and public health. They include Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s faculty, as well as a number of outstanding pediatricians, surgeons and biologists throughout the United States and beyond.

It is an honor and privilege to have Stuart H. Orkin, MD host the 61st Blackfan Lecture.

2014 Presenter: Stuart H. Orkin, MD

Dr. Stuart H. Orkin serves as Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the David G. Nathan Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In addition, he is a principal faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) and an associate of the Broad Institute of MIT/Harvard.

Dr. Orkin received his BS from MIT and MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed pediatric hematology/oncology training at Boston Children's Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), and trained in the laboratory of Philip Leder at the National Institute of Health (NIH.) His research focuses on intersections of transcriptional control with stem cell biology, hematopoiesis, and cancer. Dr. Orkin’s research achievements include comprehensive dissection of the molecular basis of the thalassemia syndromes, positional cloning of the first human disease gene, and cloning of the first master regulator of blood cell development.

In addition to these research accomplishments, Dr. Orkin served on the National Research Council Committee on Mapping the Human Genome and as co-chair of the Panel to Assess the NIH Investment in Gene Therapy; was the inaugural chair of the Grants Reviews Committee of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and now serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of CIRM.

Dr. Orkin is currently an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Institute of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the E. Mead Johnson Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Warren Alpert Prize, the Helmut Horten Foundation Prize, the Distinguished Research Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the E. Donnall Thomas, Dameshek and Basic Science Mentor Awards of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), and the Metcalf Award of the International Society of Experimental Hematology (ISEH).

In 2013, he was the recipient of the Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, and honored by the organization for his pioneering achievements in defining the molecular basis of blood disorders and mechanisms governing the development of blood stem cells and individual blood lineages. According to NAS, Dr. Orkin's work has significantly advanced our understanding of human hematologic diseases and revealed new strategies to prevent these disorders.

Awards

In honor of Kenneth D. Blackfan, MD, who served as Boston Children’s fourth physician-in-chief from 1923-1941, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Alumni Association celebrates colleagues for outstanding commitment to community pediatrics and unwavering dedication to Boston Children’s mission.

Annual Community Pediatrician Award

This award recognizes and honors community pediatricians associated with Boston Children’s Hospital and/or our affiliates.

Recipients:

Dr. Judy Odenheimer, Dedham Medical Associates
Dr. John Graef, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Dr. Mirna Aeschlimann, Stoneham Pediatrics

Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award

This award celebrates alumni who go above and beyond the call of duty and show supreme and tireless dedication to the mission of Boston Children’s Hospital

Recipient:

Mark Rockoff, MD
Associate Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Boston Children’s Hospital
Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School

 

Blackfan Lecturers, 1953-2013

 

1953    Reginald Lightwood           1975   Charles Scriver           1996
  Roberta G. Williams
1955   Wilfrid W. Payne            1976   Bo Vahlquist            1997
  Mildred T. Stahlman 
1956   Joseph Stokes, Jr.            1977
  Guy McKhann            1998
  Richard D. Klausner 
1957   R.W. Ellis            1978
  David J. Weatherall            1999
  Mary Ellen Avery 
1958   Wilfrid Sheldon            1979   Michael J. Rutter            2000
  W. Hardy Hendren 
1959   Willis J. Potts            1980   Joaquin Cravioto            2001
  Joseph E. Murray 
1960
  Bent Friis-Hansen           1981
  D. Carleton Gajdusek            2002
  David G. Nathan 
1961
  Reginald Hooper            1982
  Philip R. Dodge            2003
  Lawrence H. Summers 
1962
  Jermone Lejeune            1983
  Donald W. Seldin            2004
  Francis S. Collins 
1963
  J.P.M. Tizard            1984
  M. Judah Folkman            2005
  Fred S. Rosen 
1964
  John T. Rule            1985
  Louis K. Diamond            2006
  Julius Richmond 
1965
  Peter Karlberg            1986
  John A. Kirkpatrick, Jr.            2007
  Daniel D. Federman 
1966
  Rene J. Dubos            1987
  Robert J. Haggerty            2008
  Aldo Castaneda 
1967   John F. Enders            1988
  Alexander S. Nadas            2009
  Nancy Andrews 
1968
  Donald Louria            1989   Stephen C. Joseph            2010
  Joseph Volpe 
1969
  Orvar Svenson            1990   Louis M. Kunkel            2011
  Alan Edward Guttmacher, MD 
1970   Harold Edgerton            1991
  Arnold Relman            2012
  Paul Farmer, MD, PhD 
1971   Sidney Farber    
    1992   Samuel L. Katz           2013
  Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP 
1972
  Robert E. Cooke           1993
  Barbara J. McNeil           
   
1973
  Cicely D. Williams            1994
  E. Richard Moxon                 
1974
  Niilo Hallman           1995
  Thomas P. Stossel                 

 

Event Information

Sign Up for the 61st Annual Blackfan Lecture & Lunch
Wed., June 4th, 2014
Lecture: Noon to 1pm – Luncheon: 1-2:30 pm
Boston Children’s Folkman Auditorium, 320 Longwood Ave., Boston




Blackfan Lecture location:  

Folkman Auditorium of the Enders Building
(adjacent to the main Boston Children’s Hospital entrance)
320 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

(Invite Only) Lunch location: 1pm
Lunch will immediately follow at the Fenway Room of the Inn at Longwood Medical, (across the street), 342 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.


Parking: Guests may use our complimentary valet service or self-park.

Questions? Please call 617-919-9908, or email victoria.cunningham@childrens.harvard.edu.

Blackfan Lecture location

Folkman Auditorium of the Enders Building
(adjacent to the main Boston Children’s Hospital entrance)
320 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Luncheon (invitation only): 1 - 2:30 pm
Lunch will immediately follow at the Fenway Room of the Inn at Longwood Medical, (across the street), 342 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Parking: Guests may use our complimentary valet service or self-park.

Questions?
Please call 617-919-9908, or email victoria.cunningham@childrens.harvard.edu.